In the early hours of March 21, 2020, Sr. Colette Kaller received the final call from a loving God to “come home to me”. During her first year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2014, she lived in Trinity Manor, happily serving as sacristan, organist, etc. Because of failing health, she became a resident of Samaritan Place for the last four years. These days were filled with almost continual prayer. Sr. Colette was born on the Humboldt, SK, farm of her parents on November 2, 1928, the eldest of six children, and was baptized Frances Marie. In her early years, she participated in the work of the family dairy farm after days of studying with Ursuline Sisters at St. Augustine School in Humboldt. She writes of the blessings of those days: sharing the work at home and knitting close bonds among the family members. Love of her early Ursuline teachers awakened in her the desire to become like them. After brief training as a teacher she took a position at Carmel School, SK, an equally brief position that ended when her dream came true to join the Ursuline Sisters on May 6, 1950. When she had completed novitiate training, she began a roster of teaching assignments for the following 35 years. Her classroom assignment was always with the children in the first years of primary school. These years and a succession of appointments to Annaheim, SK; Marysburg, SK; Watson, SK; Whalley, BC; St. Benedict, SK; and finally 17 years at St. Dominic School in Humboldt, were interrupted for one year to complete a B.Ed. in Saskatoon. Upon retirement from her much-loved primary classrooms, she was assigned to the Bruno Convent where she participated in the work of the Sisters’ retirement residence. It was with much pleasure that she often served as organist in the community liturgies. Milestones in Sr. Colette’s life included: her investiture on May 6, 1950; her final vows on June 6, 1955; and her Diamond Jubilee on July 3, 2010. Throughout her life, while Sr. Colette was able to display a fairly serene disposition, it was at times apparent that she was afflicted with depression which caused her much pain and suffering.
It is comforting to those who knew her that she is now freed of that burden, as she enters the joys of eternal life to be with God.